Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly(ish) Wrap-Up: 4/30 – 5/20/18



Hi, my name is Amanda and I am currently getting my butt kicked by life.

How the heck is everyone?  Sorry for yet again going MIA around here.  My schedule has been full of my kids’ end of the school year activities and continued work on our new home.  Why must there be so much going on at the end of the school year?  Final projects, exams, recitals, conferences, etc.  May is really just torture for parents…  As far as the house goes, we’ve been busy working on the outside of our new home: landscaping, power washing, painting, etc.   All the things we were unable to get done since we moved in during the winter months.  To say May has been crazy, is an understatement.  BUT there is light at the end of the tunnel!  We will be going on vacation the first week of June.  I am counting down the days until I’ll be on a beach with a book in my hand 🙂

Let’s talk about what I’ve been reading this month…

*Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up is a weekly post where I feature what posts were published on the blog for the past week, any bookish/blog happenings, what I recently finished reading, what I am currently reading, what I will be reading next, noteworthy posts around the bookish blogosphere, and any interesting bookish articles I came across.



Thursday 5/3


April 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Friday 5/4


May 2018 TBR


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

 » Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi




5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Worth the hype!
  • I LOVED that this fantasy book was heavily influenced by African (west) culture & how the author drew parallels to occurrences in history – particularly the oppression of African Americans here in the United States.
  • I loved the magic system in CoBaB, and liked that the plot centered around magic being taken away from the “maji” by the monarchy & the fight of those with the ability to wield magic to get it back.
  • CoBaB is full of political intrigue, action, adventure, classism, grief, strength, etc.  My attention was held through out the entirety of the book.
  • I would have preferred this book have been told in single perspective.  While I understand why the author chose to tell this story in multiple POVs, I really think it could have worked with only Zélie’s.
  • I struggled with Inan’s character & his characterization – it felt off.

» Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford



5-Star Rating SystemFeelings in a few thoughts:

  • Set in London in the 1920s, Radio Girls is a fictionalized account of the early days of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • This book had some wonderful feminist tones throughout.  I highly enjoy reading historical fiction that brings to light women’s contributions to history.  This is a fictionalized account, however many of the characters were real people.  I especially found Hilda Matheson fascinating.
  • Maisie, the main character, starts off timid & meek, but I really enjoyed seeing her development & growth throughout the story.
  • If you’ve read this book & enjoyed it, I’d recommend Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend.  The stories are not similar, but they had similar tones & themes.

» Refugee by Alan Gratz



5-Star Rating SystemFeelings in a few thoughts:

  • This book should be read by everyone.  What a wonderful way to teach empathy towards refugees & their experiences.
  • This book is so relevant today.  It needs to be read in schools & in every school library!
  • This book made me ugly cry a few different times.
  • I’d also recommend Inside Out & Back Again by Thannha Lai.

» The V Girl by Mya Robarts



5-Star Rating SystemFeelings in a few thoughts:

  • There was so much wrong with this book, I don’t even know where to start.  This book is problematic.  I’m all for books that can be used as learning tools to teach about the horrors of rape and sexual abuse, however this book felt like it was using rape as entertainment…
  • The writing was very amateur.  It also felt like the author would occasionally forget info, then try to slip it in randomly… It was messy and unorganized.
  • The plot was unclear at times & just plain weird.
  • This book is WORSE than Fifty Shades of Grey.  I didn’t think it was possible.

» Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8) by L.M. Montgomery



5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I really enjoyed the end of the Anne of Green Gables series.  Overall, I loved this series.  I’d say my favorite books (in order) would be Anne of Green Gables (#1),  Anne of the Island (#3),  Rilla of Ingleside (#8), and Anne’s House of Dreams (#5).
  • Not going to lie, I would have loved to have seen more of Anne in this book.  I feel like it would have been a better way to end the series…
  • I have not read much WWI historical fiction, so it was a nice change up from WWII.  I enjoyed learning about what it was like for those left behind.


Currently Reading:

» Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab



Status: 80%

» The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor



Status: 80%

» They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib



Status: 30%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore



New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history–and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?
The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society–the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal–private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?
In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.



» Evelina @Avalinah’s Books shares a helpful TBR spreadsheet to help us book bloggers → [NewBloggers] What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? TBR Spreadsheets

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about feeling validated as a book blogger → Feeling validation as a book blogger and why it matters


» 15 Book Club Books Recommended by Reese Witherspoon


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)


6 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly(ish) Wrap-Up: 4/30 – 5/20/18”

  1. Wow it seems like May was quite busy for you. It has to take loads of work to make your home look as you want it to be, but I’m sure it also has to be quite fun to work on all the landscaping and everything and making it become something entirely yours 🙂
    I’m going to start COBAB soon, I’m really glad you thought it’s worth the hype – I am so nervous about it haha. 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing my post! I hope you’ll have a wonderful week, Amanda ❤


  2. Welcome back!!! You were missed, but I completely understand the absence. It sounds like your life is SUPER crazy right now. But you must really love finally being able to do some outdoor work at the new home. Does it feel like home yet? It’s hard to believe you’ve lived there for over 6 months already, right?!

    I really want to read CoB&B, but… I am so anxious that the violence will be too much for me. I’ve heard it can get quite graphic. What do you think?

    YAY! You finished Rilla! Welcome to the Club of Those Who Have Read the Entire Anne of Green Gables series. We are a tiny but mighty group. Wasn’t it totally worth it to read the whole series for Rilla? I agree, having more Anne would have been nice, but I don’t think her absence detracted from anything.

    Good luck with all the summery things. I hope you get everything under control soon! Here’s hoping the vacation and beachy read are here ASAP. 😀


  3. Thank you for sharing my post! 🙂 I have been super busy in May as well xD OMG… I am hoping next month will be a little more relaxed, although judging by the things I’ve got planned.. It’s probably not what’s going to happen 😀 And… wait.. I hope I haven’t commented here yet? 😀


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